Lavishing praise on MS Dhoni for his monumental knock in the final of the 2011 World Cup, former India batsman Yuvraj Singh said that his ex-India teammate deserved those runs. Thursday (April 2) marked the ninth anniversary of that famous win over Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
MS Dhoni had starred with the bat to help India end their 28-year long wait for the World Cup. The former India skipper had sprung a huge surprise by promoting himself ahead of in-form Yuvraj Singh in the final. India still needed 160 runs in pursuit of 274 when the wicketkeeper-batsman joined Gautam Gambhir in the middle.
The decision to promote himself turned out to be a masterstroke as he went on to score an unbeaten 91 to take India home. Gambhir also played a stunning knock of 97 while Yuvraj Singh was at the other end when MS Dhoni hit that famous six over long to seal the game.
Nine years after that famous win, Yuvraj Singh recalled that game once again. He revealed how he was struggling with his health before lavishing praise on Dhoni and Gambhir. He revealed how Dhoni worked hard throughout the World Cup and thus deserved something special in the final.
“I charged into the bathroom, knelt in front of the commode and threw up for the nth time that night. Then, I settled down to watch Mahi in action. Throughout the World Cup, that guy didn’t miss a single session of batting, a single practice session. He hadn’t got the returns till then but I knew that for all the work he had put in, he deserved something special,” Yuvraj Singh told Cricbuzz.
“At the other end, Gauti was perfection. He was a very good player of spin, his footwork against the off-spinners was exceptional. I don’t think had I been batting, my footwork would have been that good. There was a bit of dew, the ball was coming nicely on to the bat and Mahi too got into his rhythm,”he added.